European Wilderness Society

Engaging locals with Insect Respect

Yesterday was a great and successful day for our latest Citizens Engagement Activity. Under the umbrella of the Interreg Volunteer Youth programme, we organised a project to share hands-on experience with local school children on how to contribute to the insect biodiversity. As well as giving them an insight on how to deal with the insect decline, especially in the region. We were one of the special guests at the Erasmus+ Youth Green Conference, where we were able to do a great workshop together with all participants!

Learning by doing!

As the weather conditions weren’t stable, we decided to do all the activities in Burg Finstergrün in a nice medieval flair. There were presentations on insects in general and their impact for our daily life. Also one presentation was on how the EU supports the Lungau region. For that, Kristin Hauser from the Biosphere Reserve Lungau came and brought the topic closer to the children.

Furthermore we did a quiz and puzzle on insects and bees. As a highlight, the building of own insect hotels was “the” event. It was very successful! Together, we build many insect hotels with local Austrian and Ukrainian kids. They are all going to put them somewhere in their gardens, so insects around the region and in the Ukraine will now find new homes. At the campfire we all finished the awesome event and we are sure everybody had a great time!

Take a look at the video of the event:

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